Employee Benefits Awards 2013 winners announced

The Employee Benefits Award winners 2013 were announced on 7 June during a summer party held at the Artillery Garden at the HAC, London.

BMW (UK) won the prestigious Grand Prix award at the Employee Benefits Awards 2013. The Grand Prix is awarded to the most outstanding winner of an Employee Benefits Award.

BMW (UK’s) (pictured) Stress Management Programme – Mental Health and Wellbeing Services, for which it also won the title ‘Best stress management scheme’, was deemed by the judges to be a particularly brave approach to tackling a sensitive subject head on to help support employees. The judges felt that it could become a best-practice benchmark for workplace stress management programmes.

Janine Sparks, senior reward manager at British Airways, was named ‘Employee benefits professional of the year’. She was nominated by the judges as a person that the industry looks up to as a leader in employee benefits.


Full list of Employee Benefits Awards 2013 winners:


Grand Prix (sponsored by Mercer Marsh Benefits)



Employee benefits professional of the year

Janine Sparks, senior reward manager, British Airways


Benefits team of the year (sponsored by Tusker)

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP


Best car and travel benefits:

Axa UK – Axa UK Car Scheme


Best healthcare and wellbeing benefits (sponsored by Westfield Health)

Winner: Hewlett-Packard – Fighting Cancer at HP (entered by HealthScreen UK).


Best stress management scheme

BMW (UK) – Stress Management Programme – Mental Health and Wellbeing Services


Best pensions change

Winner: FirstGroup – The First UK Bus Pension Scheme

Highly Commended: Morrisons – Morrisons Retirement Saver (entered by JLT Benefit Solutions)


Best pensions communications

Winner: Admiral – The Admiral Pension (entered by Jelf Employee Benefits)

Highly commended: Morrisons – Save Your Dough


Best DC pension default investments

Finmeccanica UK – Finmeccanica FuturePlanner (entered by P-Solve)


Best workplace savings benefits (sponsored by Wealth at Work)

Hymans Robertson LLP – Hymans Robertson Workplace Savings


Most motivational benefits (sponsored by Edenred)

McDonald’s Restaurants – Olympic Champion Crew


Best flexible benefits plan – large employer

Winner: Severn Trent Water – Lifestyle (entered by Edenred)

Highly commended: J.P. Morgan – Elements (entered by Vebnet)


Best flexible benefits plan – small employer

Hymans Robertson LLP – Flex@Hymans


Best voluntary benefits plan

BSkyB – Choose iPads (Sky Choices)


Best employee share scheme

Home Retail Group – Save As You Earn 2013


Best international benefits

Bwin.party Digital Entertainment – Just.rewards (entered by Thomsons Online Benefits)


Best benefits communication – small employer

Benefex – The Marvellous School of Benefits


Best benefits communication – large employer

Winner: J.P. Morgan – Elements (entered by Vebnet)

Highly commended: E.On UK – My Choice DIY (entered by Benefex)


Best work-life balance strategy (sponsored by Bright Horizons Family Solutions)

The Random House Group – Our House


Best total reward strategy (sponsored by Aon Hewitt)

Winner: City Health Care Partnership CIC – Flextra Staff Benefits Portal (entered by Edenred)

Highly commended: Capital One – Let’s Make Lives Better


Best total reward statements

Winner: Virgin Media – Total Reward-It’s All Yours (entered by Thomsons Online Benefits)

Highly commended: Asda – Asda Total Package Website


Best reward strategy linked to business strategy

Winner: Goodman Masson – The Benefits Boutique


Most engaging benefits package (sponsored by Personal Management Solutions)

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